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  • 16 Dec 2020 12:47 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Department of Health (department) filed a CR-101 on December 11, 2019 (WSR 20-01-072) to open the sections of Washington Administrative Code setting fees for the following four professions: ocularists, certified counselors, certified advisors, and nursing home administrators. 

    The department opened these rules to consider fee increases for these professions due to projected budget deficits for the authorities that license these professions. These fee increases are necessary to meet the requirement, in law, for all health professions to be self-supporting. This includes preventing and correcting budget deficits, and maintaining reserves to cover unexpected program costs.

    The Department of Health is hosting a "Fee Rulemaking Workshop" for certified counselors, certified advisers, and stakeholders on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Details were sent to the GovDelivery listserv, and being forwarded to association members and newsletter subscribers.

    The association will be in attending as a stakeholder.

    Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns at contact<at>waproca.org to ensure that you are represented.


    As a reminder: State law, RCW 43.70.250 (License fees for professions, occupations, and businesses), requires that a profession be fully self-supporting, and that sufficient revenue be collected through fees to fund expenditures. The department requires a fee increase to recover the cost of regulating certified counselors and certified advisers.

  • 13 Nov 2020 6:20 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Zoom Desktop Client users... the app has not been notifying many people of mandatory or optional updates to the application. Here is a link to check and see if you are running the latest version. It could help with any trouble you're having on Zoom video conference calls, and even update you with some new features.

    https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM

  • 23 Sep 2020 9:56 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    License expiration extension ending, renew by Sept. 30 to avoid late fee

    Time is growing short for Washington health care professionals who took advantage of this year’s license expiration extension.

    With providers focusing on patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the secretary of health extended expiration dates for licenses due for renewal between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. The extension included a waiver of late fees.

    <<click for more info>>

  • 21 Sep 2020 2:55 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    We are working hard to provide the Exam Prep Course and other continuing education courses online.  The training calendar will be updated as soon as the details have been finalized.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Please email us with any questions in the meantime.

  • 20 Jul 2020 12:15 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On July 16th, the FCC voted to make '9-8-8' the national suicide prevention and mental health hotline!

    Description:
    Action Will Help Combat Rising Suicide Rates by Making It Easier for Americans in Crisis to Obtain Assistance from Trained Counselors

    CLICK HERE to read more...

  • 06 Jun 2020 4:11 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    (doh.wa.gov)

    License expiration date extensions - COVID-19

    The Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates for licenses up for renewal between April 1 and September 30, 2020.

    This extension will allow health professionals to focus on patient care and promote continued patient safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because renewal payment won’t be required until September 30, 2020, it will also reduce the economic burden on those providers not able to work during this emergency.

    Washington law allows the Secretary of Health to grant an administrative modification for the duration of any license, certification, or registration period to address unusual circumstances. Governor’s Proclamation 20-32 (PDF) provides authority for the action without agency rule making. More information is available on our License Expiration Extension FAQ webpage.

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate


  • 02 Oct 2019 1:37 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health is announcing a new smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping. Developed collaboratively with 2Morrow Inc., the app is available for free to Washingtonians at doh.wa.gov/quit and is accessible via smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer.

    “This app is a promising resource to help tackle the youth vaping epidemic in our state,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer. “By making tools to quit accessible via smartphone and computer, our hope is that more young people feel empowered to quit vaping.”

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/…/2019…/19107TeenVapingAppNewsRelease


  • 27 Sep 2019 1:42 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA State Dept of Health website to links, resources, and contact information on Suicide Prevention.

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/InjuryandViolencePrevention/SuicidePrevention


    Additional information and resources being posted soon for WAPROCA Members in the 'Members Only' section of our website.

  • 29 Mar 2019 1:53 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WAC 246-810-029(3) has been updated to increase distance learning programs from 12-hours to 20-hours maximum per reporting period.  This update respects the improved online coursework and distance education that has become available over the past few years.

    The full WAC is here:

    246-810-029
    Acceptable continuing education courses for certified counselor and certified adviser.

    (1) A continuing education program or course must be relevant to counseling and must contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the credential holder. Relevant courses include those that are related to counseling theory and practice, modality(ies) of the counseling services the credential holder will provide, professional ethics, courses related to risk assessment, screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, referral of clients, and Washington state law applicable to counseling.

    (2) Continuing education courses, seminars, workshops, training programs, and institutes must have a featured instructor, speaker(s), or panel approved by an industry-recognized institution of higher learning, or a local, state, national, or international organization.

    (3) Distance learning programs approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national or international organization or educational organization may meet these requirements. The programs must require a test of comprehension upon completion. Distance learning programs are limited to twenty hours per reporting period.

    (4) Other learning experiences, such as serving on a panel, board or council, community service, research, peer consultation, or publishing articles for professional publications are acceptable if the experience contributes to the advancement, extension, and enhancement of the professional competence of the certified counselor or certified adviser. The experience is limited to six hours per reporting period.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050. WSR 19-05-020, § 246-810-029, filed 2/11/19, effective 3/14/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050 and chapter 18.19 RCW. WSR 09-15-041, § 246-810-029, filed 7/8/09, effective 7/8/09.]


  • 03 Feb 2019 8:25 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee is recruiting.

    Three public members, and two upcoming roles in 2019.

    The advisory committee consists of seven members. There are two certified counselors or certified advisers, two hypnotherapists and three public members who must be consumers and represent the public at large and may not hold any mental health provider credential per RCW 18.19.220

    For additional information CLICK HERE


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